How to Buy a Muscle Car

Corvette and Mustang
Corvette and Mustang

How to Buy a Muscle Car is a question often asked

Everyone is aware that muscle cars often have larger engines than your mother’s minivan. Depending on the exhaust configuration, larger engines may have a louder exhaust. While a loud exhaust can be enjoyable when traveling on country roads, if you live in a quiet neighborhood, it can be a nuisance to your neighbors.

The good news is that modern muscle cars are equipped with an exhaust switch that lets you choose between a loud and muffled exhaust tone. This is achieved by the use of electrical baffles in the exhaust that can either direct the exhaust through the muffler or push it out without using the muffler.

This allows you to start your car in quiet exhaust mode so as not to disturb your neighbors in the morning while yet enjoying a loud exhaust. This is truly the best of both worlds, as you may select the exhaust tone you desire at any given time.

If you are feeling fatigued and have a long trip ahead of you, you may want to reduce the exhaust volume to reduce the exhaust drone. Then, if you want to drive aggressively and hear your V8 engine, you can press the exhaust button to open the exhaust so you can hear the engine’s full tone.

Insurance Premiums Will Rise

Depending on your age and driving history, it may be more expensive for you to insure a muscle car. The cost of auto insurance will also depend on what other drivers have done to their vehicles and the overall value of the automobile. A Corvette costs more to produce than a Mustang, therefore you should anticipate spending slightly more for total insurance premiums on a Corvette than on a Mustang. The materials used to construct a vehicle also play a role in determining insurance premiums.

Continuing with our comparison of the Corvette and Mustang, the Corvette has an aluminum structure, fiberglass body panels, and carbon fiber bonnet, roof, and door panels. The Mustang’s body panels and frames are primarily composed of steel. Carbon fiber automobile parts will be significantly more expensive to replace than steel car parts. If it costs more to replace the parts on a vehicle than on a regular vehicle, the insurance on such a vehicle will typically cost more.

The Shelby GT 350 Mustang is an exception to this comparison due to its carbon fiber body panels and wheels. The moral of the story is that you should compare insurance costs before acquiring a muscle car, as you may not be able to afford the insurance on a new muscle car.

The majority of muscle vehicles will only have two doors, but most will still have back seats for storage; it may be more difficult to access. Muscle vehicles typically have inadequate trunk storage capacity. While the trunk may have a reasonable amount of capacity, in my experience it is difficult to slide items into it.

Muscle Cars Use More Gas

As the majority of muscle vehicles feature large V8 engines, you can anticipate them to consume more gas than a Toyota Prius. This is due to the very essence of muscle automobiles. Compared to a typical economy vehicle, muscle vehicles are expected to prioritize performance over fuel efficiency. Although manufacturers have begun to promote smaller turbocharged engines, the majority of muscle cars will continue to feature a large V8 engine. Take the Dodge Hellcat or Demon as an example; they attach a supercharger to an already massive V8 engine to squeeze out even more horsepower. Now, do you believe that a Dodge Demon that was intended for drag racing will achieve decent gas mileage? If this is a worry, you could choose a muscle car with a V6 or turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but you will lose some of the muscle car’s allure.

Premium Gas is More Costly

Although you may anticipate having to fill up your muscle car more frequently, I am referring to premium fuel. Due to their poor fuel efficiency, the majority of individuals anticipate paying extra to continually refuel their muscle car. The cost of premium fuel vs ordinary 87-octane gasoline is an expense that some individuals fail to account for. Before purchasing a muscle car, you should conduct research on the recommended gasoline type for the engine. If the muscle car you intend to drive requires premium fuel, expect to pay a bit more at the pump at each fuel stop. Premium fuel normally costs 20 to 40 cents more per gallon than 87 octane, although the exact price will vary based on where you live and the current price at the time you fill up.

Can You Drive a Manual or Stick-Shift Vehicle?

When purchasing a muscle car, it is important to examine whether it has an automatic or manual transmission. While the majority of new muscle vehicles will be fitted with automatic transmissions, there will still be a significant number of muscle cars with manual transmissions. If you have never driven a car with a manual transmission, you must first learn how to drive with a manual transmission before you can do a proper test drive of the vehicle. If a member of your family or circle of friends has a car with a manual transmission, you may request that they teach you how to drive it.

Engines in muscle cars have a larger displacement.

Regarding the performance element of muscle vehicles, you can expect the majority of muscle car engines to be larger than a standard economy car’s engine. The majority of muscle cars will include either a huge V8 or V6 engine. How can I define large? I’m referring to the quantity of available space within the engine. On the majority of engines in the United States, a liter number next to the engine indicates the engine’s displacement in liters. This is the internal volume of the engine as measured in liters. If you own a 5.0 V8 Mustang, the engine displacement is 5 liters.